Deck Of The Day #16: Tempo In Standard

Deck Of The Day #16: Tempo In Standard

Tic, Tac! Do you fondly remember Delver or Madness decks? Did you enjoy the possibility of be constantly threading water, squeezing every inch of value of your cards while your opponent tried to beat you with his much more expensive cards?...

Hi all! This build used by Tomoharu Saito to a 12-3 in GP Minneapolis. 

4 Dimensional Infiltrator
4 Rattlechains
4 Stratus Dancer
4 Goldnight Castigator
4 Exquisite Firecraft
4 Fiery Impulse
4 Clash of Wills
4 Spell Shrivel
4 Fevered Visions
9 Mountain
7 Island
4 Wandering Fumarole
4 Shivan Reef
Sideboard
4 Goblin Dark-Dwellers
4 Negate
4 Roast
3 Seismic Rupture

Do you fondly remember Delver or Madness decks? Did you enjoy the possibility of be constantly threading water, squeezing every inch of value of your cards while your opponent tried to beat you with his much more expensive cards?

Saito deck is the latest expression of that style of play. Since Standard is such a midrange slugfest, some fliers plus some Counterspells are extremely well positioned. Just play a 2/1 flier in turn 2, and never tap again - if your opponent tries to play an expensive card, counter it. If not, you can add more power to the table (Both Dimensional Infiltrator and Rattlechains have Flash)

Fevered Visions is a wonderful card for these strategies. Since our card should be much cheaper than our opponent's, we can play all our extra cards - our opponent will be stuck with 5 & 6 cost cards, unable to take advantage of them... and taking damage meanwhile. Last, but not least, Goldnight Castigator and Exquisite Firecraft allow us to make those last point of damage (in big chunks of four).

The bad part of this is the humans match. Since their cards are cheaper than ours, we take the bad end of the deal. Seismic Rupture tries to solve that (in a very convenient way, since it doesn't kill fliers) but the pairing is quite abismal. Everything cannot be perfect.

 

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